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    News from the Great Lakes Commission  |  March 2022  |  View this email online 

GLC hosts successful 2022 Great Lakes Week events

The efforts of the GLC and its partners once again led to successful Great Lakes Days in 2022. For the sixteenth year in a row, we presented a set of near-term priority actions to Congress. Ten key regional groups also participated in the a joint priorities statement — a record number of partners. Both documents were shaped by recent investments in key federal programs, including a $1 billion investment in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and others made through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

For the first time, the GLC coordinated and hosted priority specific discussions throughout the week. Topics included binational coordination, maritime transportation, aquatic invasive species, and coastal resiliency. Notably, Ontario MP Vance Badawey announced his request for a $2.2 billion Canadian GLRI during the session on binational coordination. 

This year's Great Lakes Day Congressional Breakfast Reception was well attended by nearly 200 constituents, 11 members of Congress and staff. During her remarks, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH) introduced her idea for new legislation —“A Great Lakes Authority” — to garner additional resources to support development in the region. Other notable remarks included Rep. Fred Upton (MI) discussing bipartisan efforts to address PFAS contamination, Reps. Jack Bergman (MI), Mike Gallagher (WI), and Lisa McClain (MI) discussing the importance of icebreaking capacity, Reps. Brian Higgins (NY) and Brad Schneider (IL) discussing the importance of accelerated cleanup of Areas of Concern, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) discussing the urgent need to address nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms.

Thanks to the organizations that partnered with the GLC to plan and participate in Great Lakes Day 2022! Videos from the week are now available on our YouTube channel

MAKING WAVES
 

GLC launches new website tracking regional progress on Lake Erie algae, aquatic invasive species

The GLC recently launched a new website to track the region’s progress to reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and stop aquatic invasive species.

The new site, www.blueaccounting.org, tracks efforts under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to reduce the runoff of phosphorus from priority watersheds to Lake Erie, as well as programs and policies that stop species introduction, detect new species, and control harmful invasive species across the region.

The new site follows years of GLC collaboration with work groups that include representatives of state, provincial and federal governments, as well as the academic, nonprofit and private sectors. The work groups identify available data on specific issues, share information about current efforts, and help to translate those pieces into the information the region’s leaders need when making decisions that impact Great Lakes restoration and protection.

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GLC releases report on uses of Great Lakes water in 2020

A GLC report recently found that 37.8 billion gallons of water per day were withdrawn from the Great Lakes basin in 2020, a close to 3% decrease from 2019 withdrawals.

According to the 2020 Annual Report of the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database, thermoelectric power production, public water supply, and industrial use were the primary water use sectors. Only 5% of the total reported water withdrawn was consumed or otherwise lost from the basin.

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CURRENTS

 

Available now: Webinar on the role of dreissenid mussels in nutrient cycling

The Invasive Mussel Collaborative and Great Lakes HABs Collaborative co-hosted a joint webinar on January 25.

Presenters Sergei Katsev, University of Minnesota-Duluth and Derek Schlea, LimnoTech presented latest research on the role dreissenid mussels play in nutrient cycling in the Great Lakes basin.

Video of the webinar is now available online.

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative's 2022 webinar series

In the second webinar of the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative's 2022 webinar series, Amy Carrozzino-Lyon and Brian Glenzinski will host "A tale of two species: Restoring native wild rice through nonnative Phragmites management in Green Bay coastal wetlands.” Registration for the webinar is available online.

A recording of the first webinar in the series is also available online.

Available now: Audio recording of the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships 26th Annual Vessel Coordination Workshop

For more than 25 years, the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships has been hosting annual workshops focused on science vessel coordination and operation. The 2022 virtual workshop included panels on staff and crew recruitment and training, science and monitoring, a roundtable on operational and supply-chain challenges due to COVID and other technical presentations. The Great Lakes Commission has helped plan and facilitate this annual workshop since its inception, in partnership with the IJC, NOAA, the USGS, and the GLFC along with state, provincial and academic partners. The annual workshop is supported financially by the IJC Science Advisory Board.

An audio recording of the webinar is available online now.

LAST DROP

Did you know: Winds and cold temperatures on the Great Lakes can combine to create formations known as ice pancakes, ice balls, ice volcanoes, and more? 

ON TAP

For more Great Lakes events, visit the GLC's
Great Lakes Regional Calendar

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